This web site is all about figuring out what our pilgrim forebears might have looked like based on their descendants' features and descriptions. You will have to scroll up and down a bit, but for now you can catch a Gen. 6 father (Benjamin Shurtleff 2d, 1711-1788) and eight of his adult children, five males and three females, on the Allerton page. The father is a well-kept 65, three sons are in middle age, one daughter is likely in her mid 60s, and everyone else is quite old but you can still look for similarities in facial features and coloring if you squint a bit and use your imagination. Unfortunately the females are all wearing caps of that period so you can't tell what their hair color and ear shape/size was, except for Hannah, roughly the same age as her father in his painting. Note that both still had dark hair. With the elderly men you can't tell hair color but note the absence of male pattern baldness. They appear to have dark hair, though one, Samuel, might be a redhead. About half of the clan has a long narrow nose and a narrow chin, but the others have a more squared-off chin. Their mother, Abigail (Atwood) Shurtleff (1755-1826) is in the same book on the same page (76) as her husband so you can compare her picture with theirs, too. Here she is, thoroughly capped, but you can make out dark eyes and a longish nose and rounded chin. This was painted by Ethan Allen Greenwood in 1813, when she was about 58:
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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